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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | Subtle ChangesI weighed 150 pounds and was 5 feet 5 inches tall when I started high school. People would say, “You’re so pretty. Too bad you’re fat.” Those brutal words hurt deeply, and I turned to food to feel better, so I gained even more weight. I tried diets to lose the pounds, but none of them worked, and I believed I would be heavy for the rest of my life. When I graduated from high school, I weighed 210 pounds.

One morning, I looked in the mirror and saw how overweight I was; I was 19 years old, but felt much older since I couldn’t do things like run or dance. I had my whole life ahead of me and didn’t want to live it feeling unhappy about myself. I vowed I would take control of my weight.

I didn’t tell anyone about my weight-loss goals because if I didn’t succeed, I didn’t want to hear negative comments about my lack of success. I made small, yet significant changes in my dietary habits. I began eating one healthful meal a day so I wouldn’t be overwhelmed with a lot of changes at once. For the rest of the day, I trimmed my portion sizes. Over the next three months, I added another healthy meal or snack, and soon I was used to eating healthfully all the time. I still treated myself to my favorite foods, such as cake, but I enjoyed only a slice of it instead of the whole thing.

I also renewed my gym membership, which I had bought during one of my failed weight-loss attempts but never used. At first, I walked for half an hour on the treadmill, which was hard since I still smoked. But after I quit cigarettes, I pushed myself harder, and soon I was walking at a higher intensity.

After five months, I was 30 pounds lighter. I didn’t realize it until I noticed all my clothes were loose on me, even my shoes. My family and friends remarked that I had more energy and I was becoming a different person. They were excited and encouraged me to continue with my new habits.

Halfway through my journey, I hit a plateau and didn’t lose any weight for weeks. Unsure of what to do, I talked to a trainer at the gym, who suggested changing my workout to challenge my body more. I tried weight training, as well as aerobics, yoga and dance classes, and not only did I love the change in my fitness routine, but my weight loss restarted. It took six more months to lose another 30 pounds, but I now wear size-10 clothing.

Reaching my goals has changed my life, and not only on the outside. My weight-loss journey has given me the self-confidence to pursue a fashion career. I know that with hard work and determination, it will happen.

Source: shape

Originally posted 2012-11-10 14:37:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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